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The Island! The Island!

Who was the little guy on “Fantasy Island” that always said “The Plane! The Plane!”? That’s what I keep hearing in my head – The Island! The Island! It is finished!!!!  Yeah; Happy Dance!

Once Kristen started pushing me (and her friend, A, did most of the sanding), well, I had no excuse not to get painting. After a 3 hour session standing on my head to paint the inside, I wasn’t terribly eager to get back to it, but I persevered. One coat of paint on the inside, 2 coats on the outside and on the top and shelves and one coat of 3x Polyurethane later, it is finished. Bumble bees, spice racks and all!

Here’s where I started:

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It’s lying on it’s back because reaching in was the best way to paint the very back slats. If I had a paint sprayer this would have been a MUCH easier and faster job. But I don’t. So it wasn’t. I came away with very few painted gray hairs, so I’m happy.

Here she is right side up with one coat of paint:

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Two coats of paint and the bumble bees soaring away:

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The poly is supposed to cure for 24 hours and thoroughly  harden in 7 days. Kristen is very impatient and I let her talk me into moving the island upstairs while Dad and Kurt are gone fetching the tractor (more posts this weekend!!!). So, we brought it upstairs and the admonition that we wait a few days before we pile everything on it lasted for about 2 minutes!

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Finally, a place to store my wheat bucket where it is out of the way but accessible! Apples, potatoes, coconut oil tub and the box with the meat grinder – all on one shelf! Upper shelf has a cool metal tray that I found on clearance at Meijer to hold all of the “extra” knives that don’t go in the knife block, onion basket, and the acrylic and plastic cutting boards (that I dearly want to leave my kitchen forever). And the freshly oiled wooden cutting boards on the top. But it gets better

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When we went to IKEA, I bought spice racks (the $3.99 one), but I bought NINE! Well, I have a LOT of spices and seasonings, what can I say? We decided that two of them on the back of the island top would be a great place to put our most frequently used spices. There was even room between them for the olive oil bottles and Kristen’s jar of kosher salt.

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There is still an amazing amount of workspace on this island. And what became of the other 7 IKEA spice racks? After some hissy fits because one of the boards on the back of the island would not accept nails or screws, and even ATE a drill bit in the process, we got those racks mounted to the back of the island just as planned. Of course, everyone that I did needed most of the screws moved over 1/4″ or less because I’m not the DIY Queen, but she was having the hissy fits and someone had to do the job.

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I told you I have a lot of spices. What’s really funny is that I still have more in the cupboard – all things that we actually use! I ran out of jelly jars and the fancy spice lids, so somethings are still in whatever they were in before. I have room for one more jar on the bottom rack on the right – I just need a jar. All of that after I told my Mom that I have plenty of jelly jars and that I would bring her some. Well, I have plenty of 4 oz. jelly jars! I’ll be making a lot of tomato paste, applesauce, and canned chilies this year.

I made my lunch salad on the island and Kristen mixed up pancakes (yeah, for lunch. She’s a teenager) and the island has been christened. We are so excited. I’m especially excited to see my future cabinet color in the kitchen everyday. I’m hoping it will motivate me to get painting on those cupboards!

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm!

 

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Lot’s of Irons in the Fire

I feel like I’ve been burning the candle at both ends for a good month or more.  March and April were consumed with horse shows and May is going to be full of house cleaning, yard work, graduation party prep and finishing as much school as possible.

I haven’t forgotten the pictures of Kristen’s show vest, but Regionals didn’t go as well as we had hoped.  In fact, it was a disaster.  I’ll get pictures of her in the vest when she does another open show this summer.  And I have this strange feeling I haven’t shared pictures from the first open show she did.  She placed 3rd in a walk/trot pleasure class on one of the horses boarded at the barn we ride at.  Oh, we had fun!  Those pictures are mostly on my phone – and I’m behind the times with learning to get pics off the phone and onto the computer.

I do have some crafty projects that I’m working on:  a fun-filled Tuesday that took me down town to the big city netted three project chairs and a bar stool.  One chair I definitely need help with – it has a pink rubber cord seat.  I loved the back of the chair, so I grabbed it anyway.  Hey, $5 for all 4 of them~~

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Earlier this spring I scored a small hutch on craigslist for the dining/school room  for $25.  It EXACTLY matched the dresser that Kristen got from my Grandma’s house.  However – it was not right for my uses.  So, a little primer and a little paint – and it’s still in progress.

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Now, I’m in the middle of the process with 3 drawers completed, 2 started and the top piece primed:

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The color on the finished drawers is a matte finish Rustoleum spray paint in Burlap.  I love it even more on the drawers than I did the can top!  I used 3 coats of a gloss finish protector and it looks great.  It was after I primed the hutch top in the basement that I realized my paints had to move out to the garage – what a terrible smell!

In the middle of the above project I felt the need to do something that I could finish in a day.  So . . . .  I bought a steel pizza pan at Dollar Tree and spray painted it fire engine red!  I’ve had a set of really cute sewing/crafting magnets stuck to extra curtain rods in the corner of my sewing room FOREVER!  Well, when I finally (a dozen years after buying the fabric) made our dining room curtains a couple of weeks ago (in the middle of a school room make over too), the magnets had no home.  Now they have a very cute home.

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I super glued magnets to the wall of my sewing room (that wall will be knocked out anyway when we put in the stairs to the bonus room – poor sewing room will get moved again) and just slapped the pizza pan/magnet board up there.  Above it are two Valentine’s candy boxes my friend Penny gave me.  You know you’re good friends when you can pass on half eaten boxes of Valentine’s Day candy!!!

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I also really love Snoopy!  Those are attached with two small nails through the bottom part of the box and just slip the top back on.  All of that red is a nice contrast to the black and white in the rest of the little sewing nook.

The other project I have under foot is bar stools for the kitchen – bumble bees of course.

I picked up this red number on my chair score day.

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I had to fix a crack in the top, but wood glue is amazing stuff!  Oh, look, there are the drawers for the hutch.

And here is the bar stool along with a special little number I got from my mother-in-law a week or so ago when we made a quick trip to Michigan to see my father-in-law who had been in the hospital.  The companion stool was the base to Joel’s high chair!

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I filled the holes in the top of the stool with wood putty, primed (actually I primed first and then played with the wood putty).  I’ll sand it and give the top another quick coat of primer and then they’ll be painted black on top and the vertical legs, and yellow on the horizontal bars.  When that is all dry, Kristen will free hand a big bumble bee on each seat!

I wish I could say all of these projects have been on the cheap, but by the time I’ve gotten done buying primer and paint and  gloss spray, well, I still came in cheaper than custom done furniture pieces and the satisfaction of having done it myself is off course, priceless.

And would you believe, I have more projects on the simmer?  My mother-in-law gave me two solid oak end tables that we have sitting back-to-back in the living room to see if we like them as a double-deck coffee table (if not, we’ll put them under the window as a, ..well, ..table).  Anyway, they need refinishing, but I’m not sure if it will be stain or paint.  My MIL nearly died when I said I might paint them!  AND we stopped at Menard’s on the way home from MI for chicken wire for the garden (that ended up going back because once the original fence was pulled out from under all of the compost Kristen piled on it and stood upright, it actually kept the chickens out of the garden – go figure)and while we were wandering around  I found the EXACT color for my kitchen cabinets.  It will require stripping them, but then I’ll redo in a water-based stain from Minwax in onyx.  Done on oak it looks like a weathered gray – very farmhousey.  Which is kind of funny since my farm house is a colonial style on the outside with an open modern floor plan.  But anyway – I bought some stripper and I’m going to try it out on our bathroom cabinet which is the same as the kitchen cabinets (and I have hated both for the entire 15 years since we built the house, but I won’t go there).  If I don’t like the result, I’ll paint the bathroom cabinet and if I love it as much as I think I will – I’ll get new kitchen cabinets for the price of stripper, stain and a whole lot of labor!!!  I’m so excited to be creating and doing that I hardly want to do school – oh, yeah, that’s normal for me!!!

I think I’ll take a nap now –

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You’d think it was Lexi doing all of the work around here!

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm!

DIMS Day – The Pantry Door

Well, here it is. The pantry door makeover. Well, here’s the INSIDE makeover – I still haven’t finished the outside redo. Shall we say Kristen has more spare time than I do? Or maybe she was just more motivated.

Here is the door before any of the painting got started.

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You can see the hinges from when it was a bi-fold door and the braces that Joel added to give it strength as a single door.  What you can’t see is the disaster in caulk that he used to “fill in the gaps and seal the braces and hinges”.

So, I painted over that with the paint that we had bought for the duck hut that never materialized (never fear they are still on the future plan).

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I really, really like the color and am thinking I’ll have my friend, H, “practice” on my kitchen cupboards with that color – way down the road in the future plan!  Anyway, I’m so pleased with the interior background painting.  You can barely see the hinges and braces though in person the caulk mess is still obvious but no longer obnoxious.

And then I let Kristen loose with her paint pallet and the sketch we had imagined (that we changed in mid painting and are so, SO happy with!!  Without any further wordiness from me here is the new interior of my pantry door.  I smile every time I look at it!!

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I just LOVE all of the bumble bees.  They look so happy.  The daisies were an on they fly addition and they really make the picture come together.  I’m trying to convince Kristen to do something with her art when she goes to college.  She’s trying to convince me that she should paint the back of every door in the house!

Now all that’s left of the pantry makeover is my job on the front.  Maybe by the end of September??

And that’s the latest Did It Myself (Ourselves) Successes.

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